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Dale Chihuly’s Garden and Glass

July 29, 2012 | | 0 Comments

Dale Chihuly’s Garden and Glass, Flickr: catchthefuture

The Dale Chihuly Ceiling!


Seattle’s Dale Chihuly just might be the most famous glass artist in the world. The native Washingtonian is the co-founder of the Pilchuck School of Glass and his art can be found in over 200 museum collections around the world. His work is now accessible to the world through his recently opened “Chihuly Garden and Glass.”

Dale Chihuly is a “go big or go home” kind of guy. His installations usually contain a vast number of blown glass components to make up the final completed piece. For example, the centerpiece in “Glasshouse” is a 100-foot sculpture made up of 1400 blown glass vessels in different shades of reds, oranges and yellows. The blown glass sculptures are suspended from the ceiling of a 4500 square-foot glass and steel building.

He’s known for his theatrical flair while orchestrating his installations.  Glass blowing has a way of almost becoming performance art; it’s so captivating to watch the artisans turn a solid into a liquid, then back into a solid again. You kind of feel like you’re watching magic happen! When you visit the gallery you can watch videos in the theatre of his large-scale projects and see how they were executed.

The exhibit is made up of three parts. Glasshouse (already mentioned above) Exhibition Hall, which houses eight galleries and three drawing rooms, and the Gardens.

In Exhibition Hall you’ll see some of his most famous works. The Glass Forest, Sea Life, Persian Ceiling, Chandeliers and Macchia Forest are just a few.

The Gardens are made up of a network of winding paths lined with trees, plants and flowers. Scattered throughout the natural surroundings you’ll find his four monumental sculptures. Dale Chihuly once said “I want my work to appear as though it came from nature so if someone found it… they might think it belonged there.”

The gallery is centrally located in Seattle Centre, just a hop, skip and a jump from the Space Needle in downtown Seattle.

See the website for more details!


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